Vietnamese chicken & sweet potato curry







Cook Time

75-80 Min


For the wontons

  • 450g/1lb sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2.5cm/1in chunks
  • 4 tablespoons groundnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon hot curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
  • 450g/1lb skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 300ml/10fl oz chicken stock
  • 150ml/5fl oz coconut milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the paste

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 lemon grass stalk, tough outer layer removed, finely chopped
  • Put all the ingredients for the paste in a blender or food processor, and purée to produce a thick paste. Set aside.
  • Cook the potato in a pan of boiling salted water for 8–10 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a wok. Add the paste and fry over a gentle heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes until softened but not coloured. Stir in the curry powder, turmeric and chilli flakes, and fry for 30 seconds until aromatic.
  • Add the chicken to the wok, stir to coat it evenly in the spice mixture and fry, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until most of the stock has evaporated. Stir in the coconut milk, then season with salt and pepper. Cook the curry gently, stirring occasionally, for a further 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked sweet potato, and heat through for 3–4 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve hot with rice.
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